Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Provoking Art Exhibitions

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Provoking Art Exhibitions

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Exhibitions

The Footsteps of My Forebears-Horizons in Disruptive Pattern Camouflage -- Julian Thompson at The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award exhibition -- The Warwick Art Gallery

LOCAL and regional galleries are showing richly thought provoking exhibitions.

One goes to the heart of patriotism, survival, and vigilance and the other offers insight into artistic motivation that challenges traditional parameters of the genre of drawing as well as confirming it as a fundamental means of documentation.

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is a versatile venue with an atrium exhibition space that invites the viewer to progress through a presentation as if on a visual journey.

This is very true for the current exhibition, The Footsteps of My Forebears-Horizons in Disruptive Pattern Camouflage, the work of Julian Thompson. The artist connects history and tradition through the role of the soldier, the military pawn in the dangerous game of warfare.

The soldier has become the solemn symbol of sacrifice- the unknown soldier, an every-man who upholds and defends a country's values.

Soldiers undergo rigorous training; they are drilled and regimented, they become a defence machine but they are also flesh and blood human beings who must survive as well as fight and defend.

Art and the military are unlikely colleagues, yet, apart from the obvious need to document conflict, art has another more subtle mission.

Figure and ground studies are a part of art-making yet in the field of battle the blending of both through patterns of camouflage become essential to survival. …

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